Celebrities have a lot of talking power. Put a product next to the face of Kit Harrington or Justin Bieber and every girl from the age 13 to 30 will HAVE to have whatever they are selling. Add a sexy, skimpily clad model and both women and men will come crawling! You can't blame these companies, it is a perfect plan and it does work. We see these beautiful people and envy them for their assumed fulfilling lives and their gorgeous looks. When it comes down to it, we just want to know how they do it.
Unfortunately, sometimes these deals just go terribly wrong. Either the product is a complete dud and the celebrity gets criticized for promoting it (which they probably ignore while accepting a paycheck). Other times, the company selling the product will get backlash because of something the celebrity does. It usually ends in an unpleasant legal battle, but since most of the celebrities are still rich and famous, the incidents are really just funny to look back on and laugh.
10 The Kardashian Kard
Have you ever wanted a pre-paid debit card that works like any other debit card except it has the face of Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim on it? Yeah, well I kid you not, it was a thing. In 2010 the Kardashian sisters announced the launch of this ridiculous product. Except...it didn't work out. Want to know why? It was outrageously expensive. You can Google "Kardashian Kard" and see for yourself what these sisters were attempting to charge uneducated teenagers. $59.95 for a card purchase for 6 months, $7.95 monthly fee, and a $9.95 replacement cost. For a decline, account transfer, or ATM inquiry a charge of $1 would appear. It cost an additional $6 to cancel the account. No wonder the product never went anywhere.
9 The ShamWow Guy a.k.a Vince Offer
Remember the ShamWow guy? I don't normally suggest readers to stop reading an article...but come on, if you haven't witnessed the beautiful hilarity that is ShamWow you need to go check it out. ShamWow is an absorbent towel cleaning product that can hold, according to Offer, about 10 times its weight in liquid. The actual product was pretty impressive and Offer's upbeat commercials were eye-catching.
8 The KISS Kasket
7 Fred Flintstone and Winston Cigarettes
6 The Hottest Waitress of Olive Garden by Kendra Wilkinson
Kendra Wilkinson became a famous television personality for her role on the reality series The Girls Next Door. As a celebrity, it is important to make sure your fans know everything about you, including your favorite restaurants. For Kendra, that was Olive Garden. While most celebrities get paid for such statements, Kendra said so out of...genuine feelings. She just loved the endless salads and bread sticks, and really who would disagree?
5 Lebron James Doesn't Like His Samsung
LeBron James is a popular spokesperson for many famous products like Coca-Cola and Nike. Samsung was just another company on his long list of products that he supported. Unlike several celebrities, who promoted Samsung but didn't actually use any of their devices, James did in fact use a Samsung phone. The only problem is that he wasn't too happy with it and thought the best way to rant about the product was on Twitter.
4 Madonna and Pepsi
Pepsico Inc. paid Madonna a whopping $5 million for a commercial featuring the singer, the soda, and her latest hit music video "Like a Prayer." It makes sense why a product would do well when combined with lyrics that make it sound like the drink is literally answering your prayers. While her lyrics aren't too inappropriate, Pepsi probably should have taken a look at the music video.
3 Nicolas Cage and Sankyo Pachinko
2 Kim Kardashian Endorses a QuickTrim
I warned you about the Kardashians, but they appear to have little concern for the products they create or promote as long as they see the $$$ role in. Putting all morals and pride aside, Kim Kardashian had no problem tweeting about using QuickTrim. The problem is that there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims that QuickTrim is even relatively healthy. It also doesn't help that the pill is essentially a laxative. Millions of fans of the K fam tweeted they were going to give the product a try.
1 Snoop Dogg and Norton Antivirus
Snoop Dogg is trying to get people to rap about internet security. Snoop Dogg helped the company launch a "Hack is Wack" campaign where they asked for users to submit rap videos about hacking and cyber security. Ok....Snoop Dogg isn't exactly my first pick for protecting my information on the web. However, apparently it did draw in some hopeful contestants with about 200 video submissions, so good for them!
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